Friday, 27 September 2013

James McAvoy is grotesque in Filth.

Filth film review
Director- Jon S.Baird
Starring- James McAvoy
Imogen Poots
Jamie Bell
Eddie Marsan

Bruce is a true Scot. He loves his country, as he explains to us all the wonderful gifts Scotland has brought to the world, deep fried mars bars, need I say more? We cut to Bruce at his workplace, where we find out he is an inspector sergeant. This isn't enough for Bruce as we learn from the other narrative we are introduced to,Carole, his beautiful and loyal wife who can't stop professing her love for Bruce and how she can't wait for his promotion. This brings us to the plot of the film, Bruce takes it upon himself that he is the best candidate for the position and decides to wage war on all the other potential candidates. What begins as a simple smear campaign slowly turns into a monstrous journey into one mans self destructive nature.

Yee hah?
There is an unusual side by side narrative which I found fascinating as a way to tell us the story. It was well done and gave us even more insight into Bruce's psychosis which fleshed out the character. On the character of Bruce, James McAvoy is unrecognisable. Bruce is an unusual character, complex, cruel and at times surprisingly honourable. It might have gotten tiresome but the second act shows him in a new light, broken, wanting and deeply depressed, it adds much needed layers to a film that could have easily stayed as an unapologetically grotesque romp. One of the key points of the film which surprised and interested me was it's use of hallucinations to dish out relevant plot points through out the film.

He just wants to be loved.
The film has its own style, which is very reminiscent of Irvine Welshs other work, Trainspotting, this works for and against it. Like Trainspotting it has slimy wit and cracking humour which usually revolves around the seedy underbelly of the British Isles. With Trainspotting everything felt natural and genuine even if it was disgusting and over the top. In Filth it feels at times like they are being over the top for the sake of being over the top, also when there are genuine human moments it feels out of place surrounded by all the filth. With an unusual third act which feels a little sudden and out of place Filth doesn't end as strongly as it began.

An eclectic soundtrack, an unusual and interesting protagonist, this film has dizzying highs and guttural lows,I just wish that all the elements gelled together better.
Rating; 4/5